Latest posts by KT53

Help, honeysuckle hanging off wall and bamboo

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 10:16

I doubt you'll be able to hammer anything into the ground deep enough.  Unless it's a particularly fast growing bamboo it will probably be years before it becomes a problem anyway.

The most effective barrier to its roots would be to put paving slabs on edge but that would require you to dig down 15 or 18 inches to put them in.

grey squirrels

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 17:42

Unfortunately I have to agree that it is too late to stop grey squirrels.  They are invaders i.e. not a native species and they have driven the native reds out of many areas.  It is also an offence to release a grey squirrel if it has been trapped.

Culling might work in areas where the numbers are low, but apart from that, like it or not, we have to live with them.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 17:38

Some of it comes from experience gained over the years and some of it (probably most of it in my case) from repeating what I've read on here and hoping it's accurate

i don't need to sound silly but...

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 16:56

When I read the thread title I had visions of somebody planting a lawn one piece at a time.  Happy to discover I was wrong

xHose ~ any good?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 16:54

The main problem I've heard about with them is that they can't be repaired.  I've seen a couple of reports of people cross threading the connector and the hose then being unusable.  With a conventional hose you would just get a new connector.

Raised bed for alpines

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 12:40

Thanks for the thoughts folks.  We have a lot of garden to fill so I'm just thinking of practical alternatives for different areas.  In addition to 2 raised beds we have about 100' of border which gets full sun, roughly the same with partial shade and a section about 25' in full shade, part of which is shaded by our neighbour's conifer hedge.

All of the above are virtually empty at present.

Raised bed for alpines

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 17:09

We have recently completely redesigned our back garden and have a raised bed approximately 7' x 3' and I've just thought about using is as an alpine bed.  The bed is in partial shade during the winter months but will get a lot of sun in the summer.  There is trellis to the east and south on which I plan to grow clematis.

The question is, is this location OK for an alpine bed, and if so which plants are likely to do best in this situation?

Best multi purpose compost this year ?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 21:15

The Homebase own brand Plus has far too much in the way of large and woody stuff in it.  It looks more like the output from a garden shredder than compost.  I used some last autumn to plant up bulbs in pots and the surface looked like a mountain range as the bulbs started to shoot. Instead of just pushing up through the compost, lumps of compost were pushed up.

Best April Fool Gags

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:13

An apprentice at the engineering works where my dad worked was sent for a dozen holes for 1/2 inch washers.  He toddled off and came back about half an hour later with a dozen 1/2 inch holes drilled in a metal plate.  Only then did he tell his fellow workers that his father was a foreman at an adjoining engineering works.

For some reason nobody tried taking the **** with him again.

New Shed Advice

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:05

scroggin has given most of the answers.  As to how far from the hedge to position the shed - a couple of feet will give the space to get in to maintain it until the hedge grows!  I would be inclined to give the wall of the shed facing the hedge several coats of preservative immediately.  The hedge itself will protect the shed from the worst of the weather once it establishes.

Discussions started by KT53

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Spring bulbs lifted from pots

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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

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.... what a disappointment 
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Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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I had to chuckle

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Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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dendrobium nobile care

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Pruning crab apple

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Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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Laid in April 
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